December 17, 2018

2018 Paris Motor Show

Caroline reports from this year's show

The Ferrari Monza SP1
The Ferrari Monza SP1 at the 2018 Paris Motor Show

What will the 2018 Paris Motor Show be remembered for? This year’s show was a reasonably calm affair: fewer manufacturers and fewer press conferences, with brands such as Volkswagen, Ford, Volvo, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Mazda, Opel and Bentley not attending this year.

Yet there were still plenty of manufacturers taking up floor space at Paris, with Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Peugeot, Citroen and Renault some of the brands putting on a considerable display of confidence in the biennial motor show.

It was the usual mix of performance car, concept car, family car, and increasingly electric car and hybrid car.

Audi's new all-electric SUV, the e-tron
Audi’s new all-electric SUV, the e-tron

High profile debuts included the Audi e-tron SUV, BMW 3-Series, Kodiaq RS, Kia Proceed, SEAT Tarraco, DS 3 Crossback, and Mercedes-Benz GLE, while Toyota brought three new models that you are going to hear a lot about in the next 12 months – the new Corolla, Camry and RAV4 Hybrids.

Renault and Peugeot brought their A game when it came to concepts – the retro-inspired Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept the unofficial star of the show, and the Renault EZ-Ultimo ticked the weird but wonderful box, obligatory for any motor show.

But there were few brags of horsepower; electric range is far more fashionable these days. Kia brought the e-Niro, Mercedes-Benz the EQC and Audi the e-tron SUV, all touting a range over 400km.

The Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept was a stand out car from this year's show
The Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept was a stand out car from this year’s show

The performance cars were present but this year sitting a but more shyly among the SUVs and eco-warriors. Ferrari brought the 488 Pista Spider, Monza SP1 and SP2, Hyundai brought the i30 N Fastback, Audi brought the new SQ2 and R8 LMS GT3, BMW brought the Z4 and 8-Series, and Mercedes-Benz the A-Class A 35.

The 2018 Paris Motor Show was also an opportunity to explore some of the other cars making their way to Ireland imminently including the Audi A1 and Q3, Citroen C5 Aircross, Peugeot 508, Renault Kadjar (facelift), BMW X5, Suzuki Jimny and Honda CR-V Hybrid.

Citroen brought a C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid, expected in Ireland in 2020
Citroen brought a C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid, expected in Ireland in 2020

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